Ocean of Light (2018)
for SATB Chorus and Organ
Text by Phineas Fletcher
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication: for the 2019 Buffalo Niagara Northeast Regional Convention
Commission: Commissioned by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Publisher: The Sacred Music Press
Performance materials available from the publisher.
Vast Ocean of light, whose rays surround
The Universe, who know’st not ebb, nor shore,
Who lend’st the Sun his sparkling drop, to store
With overflowing beams Heav’n, air, ground,
Whose depths beneath the Center none can sound,
Whose heights ‘bove Heav’n, and thoughts so lofty soar,
Whose breadth no feet, no lines, no chaines, no eyes survey,
Whose length no thoughts can reach, no worlds can bound,
What cloud can mask thy face? where can thy ray
Find an Eclipse? what night can hide Eternal Day?
Phineas Fletcher (1582–1650)